Ladies and Gentlemen, Danny Kaye!


All he ever needed was the music and the mirror...

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  1. I love that there's applause just because he moves in unison with his reflection.

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  2. I can never see Danny Kaye now without imagining him and Sir Laurence Olivier in the midst of one of their trysts.

    And, for the record, how dare he steal what must be Lucille Ball's only song! (I remember her dragging it out for at least one performance on The Lucy Show.)

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    1. Ah yes, "Randy Dan Kaminski"...

      According to Larry's biographer Donald Spoto, in 1953 at the airport in New York "he was stopped by a customs officer who inspected his passport and tickets, inquired in a nearly incomprehensible accent about Olivier's recent travels and promptly informed him that a body search would be required." After being shuffled into a nearby cubicle and subjected to the indignities of an inspection of every inch and crevice of his body, "Olivier was astonished to see the customs officer step back and slowly remove a complex disguise (a dark wig and a heavily powdered latex mask) and there before the naked Olivier stood Danny Kaye."

      Jx

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    2. Am I amused? Am I horrified? I don't know. I just don't know.

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    3. I'm delighted. (Hell, I'd be delighted to have that happen with just an everyday security officer.)

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  3. When i was about 8, in probably 1965, Danny Kaye came to Portland as the Grand Marshall of the Rose Festival parade. One of the duties he had was to tour the parks and recreation centers in Portland. I was at a pool and he came and sat in the lifeguard chair. I wish this were a more interesting story. The kids all splashed water at him and he got really mad and stormed off.

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    1. Actually, that's a pretty awesome story!

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    2. That's a very interesting story .. what did he expect to happen when kids are at a pool? His so-called charm and humor are definitely an acquired taste, and his movies are mostly based on the tired concept of mistaken identity. Poor Vivien Leigh, before Larry left her for a younger woman he was f*cking the annoying Danny Kaye - insult added to injury.

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    3. And before he was doing Larry, Danny was involved with Eve Arden! Or so he'd have us believe.

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  4. He is every bit as annoying as June Allyson, and probably would have done Depends ads with her if they'd have let him.

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